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August 3, 2013

How to 3D Print an Aston Martin

at 4:36 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, What Were They Thinking



3D printers are all the rage. Not sure where things will be in 10 years but I can’t wait to see what it will be like when you can pick up a 3D printer in Walmart beside the Lexmark all in 1 printer for $150. Printing door knobs and clothes pins will be second nature, just like printing a garage sale sign is today. I am not sure we will see the day when cars are printed in huge printers in peoples back garages but check out this 3D Printed Aston Martin build! Is this the future of car building? You can see the CAD file design stage here. Nice starting point as opposed to lots of the prop builders who are working from pictures but don’t let that fool you, it is a huge undertaking!

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July 31, 2013

450mph Land Speed Record Project

at 11:45 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


This project will get funded at $200,000. They are hoping to get it flying across the ground at 450mph! With dual 2000 horse power engines it has tons of power to get the job done. Good luck on Danny Thompson continuing what his father Mickey Thompson started.

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Streamliner Facts:

  • The skin of the car is made-up entirely of 68 hand formed aluminum panels. They are connected to the subframe via simple Dzus buttons.
  • The streamliner has two engines, one on either side of the cockpit. The original 1960s setup delivered nearly 1800hp. Our new engines provide close to 4000hp.
  • The engines are dry blocks (waterless), which means all of the cooling is provided by the fuel. A single run will consume approximately 50 gallons of nitro blend fuel.
  • The car ends its runs nearly 500 pounds lighter due to fuel consumption.
  • The tires are a prototype nylon weave backed with banded steel. There is only 1/32 of an inch of rubber. Any more would spin off due to heat and expansion. They are custom made by Mickey Thompson Tires.
  • Primary stopping power is provided by dual parachutes that deploy four foot blossoms. We also have four carbon fiber disk brakes just in case.”


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450mph Land Speed Record Project

July 23, 2013

Fireworks Shot at RC Plane creates some Stunning Video

at 6:56 pm. Filed under What Were They Thinking


Not sure how many people would shoot fireworks at their expensive RC plane but the video it creates is great. The guys from Louisiana Hog Control do this every year as part of their 4th of July festivities. Thanks to Cy Brown for sending this in.

“It has become somewhat of a family tradition to try and shoot down Uncle Cy’s expensive little toy every 4th of July and New Years.

The airframe is a Skywalker 168cm, video is over a 2.4Ghz link using Range Video equipment.  The main camera is a HoryzonHD from Foxtech FPV.  It records in HD and feeds an SD signal to the video transmitter.”

July 17, 2013

Worms with Heads Cut Off grow New Head and Remember the Past

at 3:08 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking

 Worms with Heads Cut Off grow New Head and Remember the Past


There are lots of crazy things in nature that are unbelievable. You have probably read about starfish being able to regenerate lost arms or how frogs can freeze solid for months with no heart beat and thaw out and be good as new in the summer. Many species of worms also have the ability to regrow chopped off sections of their body including internal organs, see the video below for some information on that. It turns out that when the brain regrows it also retains the memories of the brain that was chopped off. This was tested by training flatworms to travel across a rough surface to access food prior to chopping their heads off, when the new head grew back the work remembered how to get to it’s food.

In the 50s a scientist also demonstrated that you could teach these worms to travel through a maze just by feeding untrained worms the ground up bodies of worms that were trained in the maze. Just imagine what our world would be like if the human body also operated in the same way?


June 28, 2013

Becks Beer Bottle with an Audio Recording Scratched on it

at 10:20 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

 Becks Beer Bottle with an Audio Recording Scratched on it_4


Beer is great and refreshing but I always thought the only thing you could do with the them after the been was consumed was recycle them. Guess what, the guys over at GYRO have made a recording system so they can scratch a recording into the outside of the bottle and then play it back with a player. The device is based on an Edison Cylinder but uses modern parts such as hard drive servo arms to get things done.

“We ground a high-speed steel cutting tool which we polished to mirror finish resulting in a very quiet cut, all this taking place under a microscope!
We also have a couple of sapphire tips which we used for some test cuts but we found the steel one are quieter but with a much shorter life, in fact any contaminants in the coating would take a microscopic chunk out of the tip effectively destroying it!

Heating the tip by winding hair-thin NiChrome wire and passing a current through it resulted in a smoother cut, requiring less downforce and reduced surface noise as it helps it glide through the surface without tearing the substrate.”



The Beck’s Edison Bottle from Shine Limited on Vimeo.

June 7, 2013

Clean a Dirty Record using Wood Glue

at 8:03 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking


I have never tried this technique so you might want to give it a try on a record you don’t like much before doing it on a record you would hate to destroy. Unlike the Green Marker Trick for improving the sound of CDs I think this technique would work quite well. All you need to do is goop some wood glue onto the record, wait for it to dry and peel it off. In the demonstration a small tab is used to start the peel. The glue adheres to the dirt and grime in the tracks but does not bond well to the vinyl itself. I am thinking that the Computer Cleaning Goo might work well in a pinch also.

March 31, 2013

Guy Flies Cessna 172 with only Flight Simulator Experience

at 10:48 pm. Filed under What Were They Thinking


I am sure most of us have tried some flight simulators. I must admit that I haven’t tried one since the early 90s, back then there were lots of knobs and dials that were needed to keep you in the air flying normally. I am sure they have advanced a ton since then since I wouldn’t have thought that any amount of practice would have sufficiently gave me the knowledge to actually fly a real plane though. This guy used a flight simulator to gain all of his experience! After a bunch of simulator attempts he was finally ready to attempt an actual flight. He had a flight instructor sitting beside him just in case things went wrong, but as you will see he was able to get it in the air, fly a pattern around the Las Vegas airport and land successfully. The instructor handled the conversation needed between the plane and tower, he also handled taxing the plane out to the runway.

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